In the morning they got up early and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa. As they were about to go out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem. Believe in Yahweh your God, and you will be established; believe in His prophets, and you will succeed.”
2 Chronicles 20:20
“Believe in Yahweh your God… Believe… and you will succeed.”
In this verse, Jehoshaphat has already heard that God is going to miraculously save them. Jehoshaphat now brings the people together, and encourages them to believe to succeed!
When you pray, what are the things that you find hardest to believe in? Where does that voice kick in that says “God won’t do that for me”, “that’s asking a bit much” or “Why would God care about that?” What about the voice that says “God can’t fix that”, “That’s beyond repair”, “That’s just life”, “It’s too late for that to change”?
If these thoughts have ever crossed your mind, give the following encouraging suggestions a go:
1. Take some time to write down some areas in your life where you have struggled to ask God. List the things you feel would be too much to ask God for.
2. Try and identify where an untruth about God is holding you back from having faith that He will respond, and provide an answer to prayer. Make a stand against this by boldly asking God to provide, and to bring breakthrough in those areas.
3. In Mark 9:24, a man came to Jesus who needed a miracle. He was struggling to believe and he said “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”. Jesus gladly provided the miracle he needed. It’s OK to just be honest with God and say, “help me to believe”.
4. It may help to say this verse from Ephesians 3:20 out loud, followed by your prayer request.